County News

January 4, 2021

Registration is now open for families to sign up their 4th- 6th grader for the free On Their Own and OK program.

• 4-H program reinforces how to act in an emergency
• Help children handle boredom without technology
• Helps families assign age appropriate chores
• Strengthen family relationships

During this time when many parents are working from home or families are isolated at home, they may have more opportunities to help their children build skills. On Their Own and OK is tailored for parents and children in fourth through sixth grade. Registration is online and families have until Jan. 14 to sign up.

This is a hands-on family learning experience using materials typically found at home. They’ll also receive a free parent guide to help support their children staying for short amounts of time on their own.

January 16th, 9:00-11:00am at Extension a FACE to FACE Workshop!

Click Here to Sign UP!

December 31, 2020

Apply for State Project Area Awards and 
State 4-H Council 


December 29, 2020

Honored to award these Volunteers with their "Years of Service 4-H Pins"! Our Black Hawk County 4-H Program couldn't be what it is today without our wonderful, ambitious and dedicated Volunteers! THANK YOU ALL! View them all here!
And our Special Honorees, receiving their 50 Years of 4-H Service are Nancy Schmidt and Mary Esther Pullin! Please read more about them and see their Videos!

December 29, 2020
Global Citizenship is offering a newsletter to explore culture and food in 2021. This newsletter will travel to a new country each month and learn about history, culture, and recipes. Newsletters are sent once a month until the end of December 2021. Everyone is invited to join us.
December 17, 2020

Congratulations to our Black Hawk County Awardees! Good Work 4-Her's! View them here!

December 15, 2020

Please call 319-234-6811 to register by December 28, 2020. At Black Hawk County Extension - January 7th, 2021
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December 14, 2020

Tune in and learn about Water Connects Us All! 

Any Iowa youth can tune in and learn how water connects us all and what we can all do to protect water in Iowa.

Register for one of the hour-long sessions and receive a kit of supplies in the mail.

December 2, 2020

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowans faced a childcare crisis. Data shows Iowa leads the nation in the percentage of households with children under six where all parents work outside the home (75 percent). Even more startling, childcare issues cost the state’s economy an estimated $935 million a year in lost taxes and employee absences, and turnover. Listen to Podcasts here.
Read more....

November 23, 2020

Animal Weigh In Info for next year's fair:

• BEEF WEIGH IN - Dec. 12, 2020 - 8:00 - 10:00am at Hawkeye College 
(Please NOTE, Upon arrival all families and animals stay in vehicle until their turn to weigh in.)
• SWINE WEIGH IN - April 13, 2021 Alll SWINE TAGGED and WEIGHED at member's home
• SHEEP & GOAT WEIGH IN - May 1, 2021 8:00 - 10:00am at Hawkeye College


November 13, 2020

Thank You Food Corps Members, Clarissa Klostermann and Cadence Moon for sharing your 7 Tools Video! And a special thanks to DaQuan Campbell for sharing his knowledge about these tools!

November 13, 2020

Thank You Food Corps Members, Clarissa Klostermann and Cadence Moon for sharing your Apple Video! And special thanks to Abby Rippe for sharing her info and orchard with us!

November 13, 2020

CoderZ Robotics Offered Through Iowa State Engineering

Join the Iowa State Engineering Community Outreach for a great coding opportunity -- CoderZ Cyber Robotics 101. This program for youth ages 8-14 offers a unique opportunity to explore coding in the virtual setting. To apply and request CoderZ, please fill out this Google Form.  

October 22, 2020

FREE 3-session virtual workshop series for families with K-12 youth to learn about positive, healthy mindfulness tools, resources, & activities to support their individual & family’s health & well-being.
Workshops are Mondays, December 7, 14, 21.... you pick your time for each: 4-5pm, 7-8pm or 7:30-8:30m when you register here!

October 13, 2020


4-Her's here's a cute and fun interactive way to view all of Black Hawk County 4-H resources!

Especially the new 4-H online re-enrollment icon! Click Here or on the picture to get started!

• Re-enroll or Enroll • 4-H Family Email. • 4-H You-Tube Channel • Monthly Activities and more!

October 7, 2020

Looking for something to do at home?

4-H has got you covered! We are excited to announce that we are offering 4-H At-Home Kits to our 4-H members once a week starting on Monday, October 5, 2020. Kits will be released once a week and you can stop by the Black Hawk County Extension office to pick up one kit per youth. If you would like to make arrangements to have your 4-H At-Home Kit delivered to you please email Sarah Tanis at

These At-Home kits are all about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Kits include supplies for an activity, background of the activity, and steps on how to do it!  Read more!

October 6, 2020

Are you looking for something to do at home with your family?
Want to learn more about food and nutrition in a fun way?

Learn about food and nutrition based off of the research-based Kids in the Kitchen program and MyPlate. This is the at-home version! It includes: interactive games, worksheets, videos, DIY activities, and recipes. Due to the global pandemic we have had to adjust how we are doing our programming, as we are sure you have too, and we hope that Kids in the Kitchen At Home will provide youth with a better understanding of the five focus areas in a fun way. 

Read More!

October 5, 2020

Iowa State University is offering a three-session, online short course for emerging food entrepreneurs interested in developing processed foods in Iowa. The course meets 12-4 p.m. CDT on Nov. 30, Dec. 2 and Dec. 4. READ MORE...

October 2, 2020

Record Books are due into the extension office by October 5th.
All books will need to go to their club leaders before coming to our office. 

Philosophy for 4-H Record Keeping The purpose of 4-H record keeping is to teach how to keep records, which is an important life skill. Record keeping is an ongoing process that does not end when the 4-H year ends. 

  • To learn how to set goals, how to make plans for action, and how to decide how well you did (evaluation).
  • To learn the skills of record keeping and organization to use now and in the future.
  • To learn to communicate and summarize.
  • To learn responsibility by completing a task.
  • To evaluate information that will market personal skills through future resumes and application forms.

October 1, 2020

It's a the new 4-H Year! And a new up-dated 4-H Online!
If you've been a member before, it's basically the same thing....just alittle different look. Use your same email and password.
Also new is that you may pay your $15 enrollment fee online now too! But only online, the Extension Office does not take credit cards. You can also pay to your club leader or at the office with cash or check.

Here's a HELP Sheet. Here's a Video to watch. Or call if you need help! 319-234-6811 or email Diane at

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